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Aston Martin Vantage after 6 years

andrewjnandrewjn Posts: 13
edited December 2013 in Aston Martin
40,000 miles later, I have to say I'm still pretty pleased with my Vantage. Clutch blew after 3 years but they replaced it free. There have been a few surprises:

It's still backfiring on downshifts (3 to 2, mostly). When I bought it they said this would only happen during the "break-in period." Some break-in.

When the driver's side floor mat lifted up, they offered to replace both mats for $2,880. Still the strangest offer I've ever heard from a service dep't. I stuck it back down with Velcro.

The car now refuses to lock unless the passenger door is opened and closed first. Driver's side door = no difference; you can open and close it and click the remote (hear the solenoid click) 7, 8 times and both doors are still unlocked. Open and close the passenger door once... and then both doors lock. Service dep't (Galpin, North Hills, CA) said they can't tackle it until I pay $1,180 to replace both door latches. Wouldn't even check the electronics. I pointed out there's nothing wrong with the latches; it latches fine, when it locks. Maybe the solenoids? The circuitry? Nope: have to buy $1,100 worth of latches before they'll even check it.

I had this runaround with the dead clutch too; they said it'd be $5,200 for a new clutch and THEN they'd do a diagnostic. When I refused and they finally pulled my clutch pad out, the mechanic said it was the most pristine used clutch he'd seen. I think this stuff is possibly because they get so many millionaires who question nothing: "go ahead, replace it..."

Everything else running fine. Trim is good, "flappy paddles" still responsive. Radio, A/C, all good. Still getting compliments. But now that I'm out of warrantee I will be looking for an AM mechanic in Los Angeles...
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